We had the good fortune of connecting with Bonnie Heath and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bonnie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
While I was a staff photographer working as a journalist, I shot freelance photo assignments as a side hustle. So, since the beginning of my career in photography, I’ve had a part time photography business. I just didn’t know how to turn these gigs into a full time job. Like a lot of artists, school did not prepare me to be a business owner, so I learned those skills slowly over time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the best things about specializing in headshot and portrait photography is that I get to help other artists and small business build their brands through photography. I meet and connect with other entrepreneurs. I assess what kind of images would support their businesses and plan sessions to provide them with great images for their sites, social media, PR packages, etc.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love exploring “off the beaten path” parts of a city, and Atlanta is full of them! Oakland Cemetery is one of my favorite spots. Oakland is loaded with Atlanta’s history. It’s a beautiful walk with a multitude of flora and peeks of Atlanta’s skyline. And, there are a number of great eateries right across the street. You can get tacos and margaritas on Mezcalito’s patio, or fish and chips on the roof at Six Feet Under.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father greatly influenced my journey to become a photographer. He was a talented amateur photographer. My first camera was the Nikon SLR that accompanied him during two tours of service during the Vietnam War. Over the years, I’ve had many amazing photo teachers during school and during my time as a photojournalist. More recently, I received a lot of business mentor-ship through a program called Start:Me Atlanta, a free small business training program that provides entrepreneurs the training build successful businesses.
The photo of me working is by my friend Mimi Leake. The others are all my shots.